MAKEUP EFFECTS as categorized here, covers appliances and makeup effects applied directly to actors' bodies. We have also created makeup effects for a number of different animals.
Makeup is defined very specifically within the industry. It covers prosthetic foam latex, gelatin, silicone, putty, paint, hair, and anything in general that is added to the actor's face or body to create a desired illusion. Makeup effects are an additive process, and any effects that require less than an acor's body to be seen, usually also involve greenscreen paint and removal in post production.
We cover a broad variety of Makeup Effects, from the creation of creatures, monsters, and aliens, to lookalike makeups, old age and fat makeups, as well as eggagerated facial and body parts, scars, tattoos, contact lenses, and dental appliances.
Lifecasting is a core skill that literally serves as the foundation of prosthetic appliance makeup. The actor's face is carefully molded with alginate, a material so sensitive it will pick up the printing impression on a dollar bill.
A lifecast is made in the alginate mold, cast in a hard material. Alterations to the face are sculpted directly on the lifecast. Once approved, the sculpted parts are molded and cast into appliances which are then painted and applied to the actor's face. Lifecasting is a safe process using very mild, natural materials. Actors chosen to be lifecast should not be claustrophobic. We have lifecast many well known actors including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, James Earl Jones, and Djimon Hounsou.